But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Saturday, 20 April 2019 15:00

Easter Sunday Morning Praise

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Friday, 19 April 2019 15:08

Equipping Eve: Behold the Lamb!

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With this week being the annual celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection, it seems appropriate for us to focus this episode on one of the greatest statements in the New Testament:

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 15:00

This ‘n’ That

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Last night I cleaned my makeup brushes for the first time in a long time. They’re old and well worn, blush-stained with broken bristles, but they work so I haven’t seen a need to purchase new ones.

As I gently cleaned each one, I marveled—as I always do when performing this...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 15:00

The Veil Is Not Rolled Up, but Rent

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For believers the veil is not rolled up, but rent. The veil was not unhooked, and carefully folded up, and put away, so that it might be put in its place at some future time. Oh, no! But the divine hand took it and rent it front top to bottom. It can never be hung up again; that is impossible....

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Saturday, 13 April 2019 15:00

Palm Sunday Morning Praise

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Thursday, 11 April 2019 15:01

This ‘n’ That

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I ran across my transcripts from undergrad this week. It was interesting to look back at the grades I received in each class. I remembered some of those less-than-A grades being justified, but others were less deserved, at least as remember it! Even more interesting was that I...

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Saturday, 06 April 2019 15:00

Sunday Morning Praise

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Friday, 05 April 2019 22:55

Equipping Eve: The Good Shepherd

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Jesus is the Good Shepherd. Is there any picture more comforting? In this episode of Equipping Eve, we’ll open our Bibles and see exactly what Jesus meant by this great “I Am” statement and in the process, we’ll see exactly what a good shepherd looks like.

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Thursday, 04 April 2019 15:02

This ‘n’ That

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I experienced road rage yesterday. Let me clarify: I was the recipient of borderline road rage. It was unpleasant and a little bit scary.

Long story short, I honked my horn at someone who didn’t think he was deserving of it. Obviously I felt otherwise, because I typically only honk my horn in...

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Saturday, 30 March 2019 15:00

Sunday Morning Praise

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And Can It Be? (Amazing Love)

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Thursday, 28 March 2019 15:00

This ‘n’ That

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As I write this on Thursday evening, the sun is shining and it is nearly 70 degrees outside. Spring is almost here! I say “almost” because we’re slated to drop back to colder temperatures over the next few days. Still, I am happy to embrace this teaser while we wait for warmer...

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For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup...

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Saturday, 23 March 2019 15:00

Sunday Morning Praise

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Amazing Grace

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Friday, 22 March 2019 22:20

Equipping Eve: Back to the Future

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Do you know Joan Broughton? Let’s travel back in time and consider this sister from the past who gave her life for Christ. Persecution might look different for most of us today, but it does still exist in various forms. What encouragement can we draw from the Word in the face of persecution?

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 15:00

This ‘n’ That

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Do you remember what it’s like to be a kid, or to be a teenager, or to be in college? For years, you can’t wait to “grow up” and get out there in the real world and be an adult. And then one day it happens and you realize, “Hm. This isn’t quite as much fun as I...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 15:00

Thy Word Is Truth

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The devotional that follows was originally written for and appeared as an anonymous publication in the bulletin of a local church. Considering the importance of this meditation, it seemed appropriate to also share it here, with this dear readership.

On the eve of His crucifixion, Jesus prayed to the...

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Saturday, 16 March 2019 15:00

Sunday Morning Praise

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More Love to Thee, O Christ

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 15:00

This ‘n’ That

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Spring is nearly here and you know what that means—tornado season. While the past two days have been quite lovely where I live, with mild temperatures and bright sun, those blessings bring with them instability. That means it’s back to the occasional need to hunker down in the basement,...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 15:00

The Sufficiency of the Word

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The devotional that follows was originally written for and appeared as an anonymous publication in the bulletin of a local church. Considering the importance of this meditation, it seemed appropriate to also share it here, with this dear readership.

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Sunday, 10 March 2019 15:00

What Does That Mean?

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Do not be surprised? By what? What is that supposed to mean?

If you’ve followed DNBS for any length of time, you know that this blog has evolved over the years. It’s an evolution, I pray, that has been for the better. Ten years is a long time, and I’m thankful to the Lord for...

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Saturday, 09 March 2019 13:00

Sunday Morning Praise

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

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Friday, 08 March 2019 13:00

Equipping Eve: They Had Been With Jesus

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In Acts 4:13, we are told of Peter and John that it was clear “they had been with Jesus.” Is this true of us? Is this true of those from whom we are learning? What did Jesus look like, and what implications does this have on our lives?

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 13:00

This ‘n’ That

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Some phrases I feel like I say frequently:

“Wait, didn’t we already do this?”“I’m experiencing déjà vu.”“I’m certain I’ve seen this someplace before!”

Don’t ask. The explanation would be even more confusing.

Some of my...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 13:00

Christ Is All

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The devotional that follows was originally written for and appeared as an anonymous publication in the bulletin of a local church. Considering the importance of this meditation, it seemed appropriate to also share it here, with this dear readership.

Colossians 3:11 declares, “Christ is...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 13:04

A Closer Look

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Anyone who has ever visited The Cheesecake Factory knows what a delight to the eyes their display case can be. With dozens of cheesecakes to choose from, each one is beautifully displayed, slice by slice, tempting you as you wait for your table. But wait, what is that one in the corner? Peanut...

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